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National Prison Braille Network

Professionals in both corrections and vision who work with prison braille programs, or who are interested in learning more about them, are encouraged to join the National Prison Braille Network (NPBN), currently administered by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in Louisville, Kentucky. APH hosts a gathering of Network professionals in Louisville each year in October, in conjunction with APH’s national annual meeting, where each member has the opportunity to provide an update on the prison braille program(s) he or she works with, and to discuss challenges, accomplishments, and issues of common concern. In addition to this annual Prison Braille Forum, the NPBN produces written materials, such as this directory, to link members, to market the transcription services of these facilities, and to inform the general public about these successful collaborative ventures.

For more information on Building Bridges with Braille, to join the National Prison Braille Network, or to be put on a list to receive notices about future events and publications, contact:

  • Nancy Lacewell
    APH Director of Government and Community Affairs
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  • Rebecca Snider
    APH Public Affairs Coordinator
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Using This Directory

Contents and Program Profiles “At a Glance”

A chart combining the Contents and Program Profiles “At a Glance” appears on pages 4 and 5 of this directory. Programs are listed alphabetically by state. Detailed information on individual programs is presented on the pages indicated in the first column.

Definitions

Program Contact Person

  • An “internal” contact person is a professional working within the corrections system, typically employed by the prison operating the braille program to supervise inmate transcribers.
  • An “external” contact person is a professional working outside the prison, typically within the field of vision. These individuals may spend a portion of their time in the prison working with inmates in the program, providing braille expertise and connecting the program with the field of vision and potential braille customers.

In most, but not all cases, both an internal and an external contact person work with a program.

Program Status

Profiles in this directory categorize each program in one of these ways:

  • Building – Inmates are in the initial phase of learning braille and the program has not yet begun contracting to produce braille.
  • Producing – This indicates that a program has transcribers who are Literary Braille Certified through the National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress (NLS) and is producing and distributing braille materials.
  • Rebuilding – These programs produced braille at one time, but production was stopped for some reason. An effort is being made to recruit and train a new team of inmates so that production can be resumed. Status can change to “producing” at any time.

Reentry and Recidivism

Data is currently being collected on the number of inmates qualified inmate transcribers (with at least two years of experience in a prison braille program) who have been released from prison and:

  • are transcribing braille,
  • are working in jobs unrelated to braille, or
  • have returned to prison.

Reentry, Recidivism, and Braille Transcription--264 reported to have reentered since programs began; 7 known to have returned to prison; 53 known to be transcribing outside

*Not all programs have gathered this data, and not all transcribers want to be identified as former inmates.

At the time that this directory was published, many programs indicated that data collection related to reentry and recidivism had not been collected on a regular basis since prison braille programs began. However, collection of such data in the future is strongly encouraged, since it illustrates the value of prison braille programs in rehabilitating inmates and preparing them to successfully transition back into society.

Anecdotal research indicates that the recidivism rate of qualified inmate braille transcribers across the country is between zero and three percent (via the National Prison Braille Network). While not all are working as braille transcribers, program staff indicates that inmate transcribers gain the necessary job skills and self-confidence through their experience with a prison braille program to hold a job and stay out of trouble.

The American Printing House for the Blind and the Building Bridges with Braille Program

Founded in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) promotes the independence of people who are blind and visually impaired by providing specialized materials, products, and services needed for education and life. APH is the oldest company in the U.S. dedicated to creating products for people who are blind or visually impaired, and the largest organization of its kind in the world. APH is a 501(c)(3) private, non-profit corporation.

Since 1879, APH has received an annual federal appropriation through the U.S. Department of Education to produce and distribute educational materials in accessible formats for blind and visually impaired students working at the pre-college level. A census of these students is taken each year on the first Monday in January, and then appropriation funds are allotted to each U.S. state and outlying area on a per capita basis. APH is the only agency in the country funded by the federal government through an annual appropriation to provide braille, large print, audio recordings, and educational aids for students in grades K-12.

In recent decades, the demand for braille textbooks has grown enormously. With about 300 employees, APH has an in-house team of highly qualified braille transcribers. However, to meet the growing need for braille, APH subcontracts each year with about 350 individual transcribers and groups across the country to produce braille textbooks. Currently, several of the groups with which APH contracts are prison braille programs, and an estimated 25-30 individual transcribers with whom APH contracts are “graduates” of these programs. These individuals and prison braille programs are building a reputation for producing some of the best braille in the country.

For more information on the American Printing House for the Blind, visit our website at sites.aph.org. Links to prison braille related information are:

  • Prison Braille Report: The Inside Scoop (2004) archive.aph.org/pbf/scoop.html
  • Prison Braille Directory (2009) archive.aph.org/pbf/directory.html

Contents and Program Profiles “At a Glance”
Prison braille programs operating in 2009

[refer to separate MS Excel spreadsheet for information contained in this chart]

The Transcribers

Gender

Bar graph showing Program Gender: 572 in male programs, 196 in female programs, 20 males and females in a mixed program

Of the 31 program profiles in the 2009 Prison Braille Directory, 23 are operating in men’s prisons and 7 are in women’s prisons. One federal program recently announced they are training both male and female inmates.

Transcriber Qualifications

Certified Transcribers

Thirty-one programs active in the National Prison Braille Network report a total of 788 participating inmates. Of those, 317 have earned the literary certification that is prerequisite for each of the advanced certifications (Nemeth for math and science, Textbook Formats, and Music). Of the 317 literary certified transcribers, 68 have achieved Nemeth certification, 38 hold a Textbook Formats certification, and 11 are Music certified.

Transcriber Trainees

Of 788 participants in prison braille programs, 170 are working toward literary certification, 68 are studying for Nemeth certification, and 15 are working on music certification.

Prison Braille Programs Across the United States 2016

38 programs known to be operating in 28 states

Map of the United States. States that have a prison braille program (according to the list below) are shaded

Index of Known Programs

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Georgia

Idaho

Indiana

Iowa

Kentucky

Michigan

Missouri

Nebraska

Nevada

 

Ohio

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

South Dakota

Texas

Virginia

Washington

Wisconsin

 


ARIZONA–Arizona State Dept. of Corrections, Florence-Eyman Complex

PRISON: Arizona State Dept. of Corrections, Florence-Eyman Complex
Location: Florence, AZ
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM: Meadows Unit Braille Program
Status:  producing
Year began:  1995
Operated by:  Foundation for Blind Children
Inmate gender:  male
Program Capacity:  12 inmates
Current participants:  12 inmates

External Contact Person:
Nancy Raspiller
Production Manager
Foundation for Blind Children
1234 E Northern Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85020
Phone: 602-337-8221
Fax: 602-678-5811
Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription
Braille Proofreadng
Braille Tactile Graphics

Survey completed: 4-14-16

ARIZONA–Arizona State Dept. of Corrections, Florence-South Braille Unit

PRISON:  Arizona State Dept. of Corrections, Florence-South
Location: Florence, AZ
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM: South Braille Unit
Status:  producing
Year began:  1995
Operated by:  Foundation for Blind Children
Inmate gender:  male
Program capacity:  12 inmates
Current participants:  12 inmates

External Contact Person
Nancy Raspiller
Production Manager
Foundation for Blind Children
1234 E Northern Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85020
Phone: 602-337-8221
Fax: 602-678-5811
Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription
Braille Proofreading

Survey completed: 4-14-16

ARKANSAS–Wrightsville Correctional Facility

PRISON:  Wrightsville Correctional Facility
Location:  Wrightsville, AR
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM: Wrightsville Correctional Facility Braille Unit
(Wrightsville Braille Project)
Status:  producing
Year began:  1984
Operated by:  state school for the blind
Inmate gender:  male
Program Capacity:  6 inmates
Current participants:  5 inmates

Primary Contact Person (External):
Cindy Wilkinson
Instructional Resource Center Director
Arkansas School for the Blind
2600 W Markham St, Little Rock AR 72205
Phone: 501-296-1815
Fax: 501-663-3536
Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Internal Contact Person:
Itena Jackson
Classification Officer
Wrightsville Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 1000, Wrightsville, AR 72183
Phone: 501-897-2988
Alt Phone: 501-897-2844
Fax: 501-897-5716
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription
Braille Embossing
Large Type

Survey completed: 4-13-16

CALIFORNIA–Avenal State Prison

PRISON:  Avenal State Prison
Location:    Avenal, CA
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM:  Avenal State Prison Project
Status:  producing
Year began:  2005
Operated by:  Alternate Text Production Center of the Calif. Community Colleges (ATPC)
Inmate gender:  male
Program capacity:  13 inmates
Current participants:  9 inmates

Primary Contact Person (External):
Dawn Gross
Braille Program Manager
Alternate Text Production Center of the Calif. Community Colleges
1175 Calle Suerte, Camarillo, CA 93012
Phone: 805-383-0187, ext. 105
Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Internal Contact Person
Ben Cruz
Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription

Additional information available:
Alternate Text Production Center Program website: www.atpc.net

Survey completed: 4-13-16

CALIFORNIA–Volunteers of Vacaville for the Blind Project

PRISON:  California Medical Facility at Vacaville
Location:  Vacaville, CA
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM:  Volunteers of Vacaville for the Blind Project
Status:  producing
Year began:  1960
Operated by:   nonprofit corporation
Inmate gender:  male
Program capacity:  20 inmates
Current participants:  14 inmates

Internal Contact Person:
Sherry Dovichi
Officer/Program Director
Volunteers of Vacaville
P.O. Box 670, Vacaville CA 95696-0670
Phone:  707-448-6841, ext. 2044
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription
Braille Proofreadng
Braille Embossing
Tactile Graphics
Scanning
Other:  Braillewriter repair, eyeglass recycling

Survey completed: 4-13-16

CALIFORNIA–Folsom State Prison

PRISON:  Folsom State Prison
Location:  Folsom, CA
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM: Calif. Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) Digital Services Enterprise
Status:  producing
Year began:  1989 – Folsom State Prison; 2009 – CALPIA
Operated by:  corrections industry
Inmate gender:  male
Program capacity:  22 inmates
Current participants:  13 inmates

Internal Contact Person:
Michael Chan
Prison Industries Manager
CALPIA Digital Services Enterprise
P.O. Box 71, Represa CA 95671-0071
Phone:  916-985-2561, ext. 4180
Alt Phone:  916-351-3032
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription
Braille Proofreadng
Braille Embossing
Tactile Graphics
Scanning
Large Type
Other:  Braille Signage, Closed Captioning

Additional information available:
Program (CALPIA) website: https://www.calpia.ca.gov/

Survey completed: 4-14-16

CALIFORNIA–Ironwood State Prison

PRISON:  Ironwood State Prison
Location:  Blythe, CA
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM:  Ironwood State Prison Project
Status:  producing
Year began:  2008
Operated by:   Alternate Text Production Center of the California Community Colleges
Inmate gender:  male
Program capacity:  24 inmates
Current participants:  24 inmates

Primary Contact Person (External):
Dawn Gross
Braille Program Manager
Alternate Text Production Center of the California Community Colleges
1175 Calle Suerte, Camarillo, CA 93012
Phone:  805-383-0187, ext. 105
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Internal Contact Person:
Valerie Copple
Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription

Additional information available:
Alternate Text Production Center website:  www.atpc.net

Survey completed: 4-14-16

COLORADO–Kit Carson Correctional Center

PRISON:  Kit Carson Correctional Center
Location:  Burlington, CO
Jurisdiction:  private

PROGRAM:  Colorado Braille
Status:  building
Year began:  2013
Operated by:  Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind partnership with Corrections Corporation of America
Inmate gender:  male
Program capacity:  12 inmates
Current participants:  6 inmates

Primary Contact Person (External):
Jim Olson
Braille Program Coordinator
Colorado Instructional Materials Center
1015 East High Street, Colorado Springs CO 80905
Phone:  719-578-2195
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Internal Contact Person:
Steven L. Elwood
Principal
Corrections Corporation of America
49777 County Road V, Burlington, CO 80807
Phone:  719-346-9450 ext. 65826
Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription
Tactile Graphics

Survey completed: 4-13-16

Connecticut–Cheshire Correctional Institution

PRISON:  Cheshire Correctional Institution
Location:    Cheshire, CT
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM:  Cheshire Prison Program
Status: producing
Year began:  1990
Operated by:  corrections
Inmate gender:  male
Program capacity: 25-35 inmates
Current Participants:  8

Primary Contact Person (External):
Nancy Mothersele
Braille Coordinator
Connecticut DORS/Bureau of Education & Services for the Blind
184 Windsor Ave
Windsor CT 06095-4536
Phone:  860-602-4123
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Internal Contact Person:
Capt. Harlow
Cheshire Correctional Institution
900 Highland Ave, Cheshire CT 06410
Phone: 203-651-6100

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription

Surveyed: 4-20-16

DELAWARE–James T. Vaughn Correctional Center

PRISON:  James T. Vaughn Correctional Center
Location:  Smyrna, DE
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM:  Men with a Message
Status:  producing
Year began:  1989
Operated by:  Delaware DHSS/Division for the Visually Impaired and DOC/James T. Vaughn Correctional Center
Inmate gender:  male
Program capacity:  14 inmates
Current participants:  11 inmates

Primary Contact Person (External):
Anne Lattanzi
Senior Librarian
DE Division for the Visually Impaired
300 Cornell Dr, Suites A3 & A4, Wilmington DE 19805
Phone:  302-577-2083
Fax:  302-577-2078
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Internal Contact Person:
Todd Marvel
Braille Instructor
James T. Vaughn Correctional Center
1181 Paddock Road / Smyrna, DE 19977
Phone:  302-653-9261 x2210
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription
Braille Proofreading
Tactile Graphics
Large Type
Digital File Preparation

Additional information available:
2015 Library of Congress Literacy Award-Best Practices: Providing Access to Readers with Physical Disabilities (pgs. 24-25)
http://www.read.gov/documents/BestPractices2015.pdf

Survey completed: 4-18-16

GEORGIA–Central State Prison

PRISON:  Central State Prison
Location:  Macon, GA
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM:  Georgia Braille Transcribers
Status:  producing
Year began:  2003
Operated by:  prison education
Inmate gender:  male
Program capacity:  24 inmates
Current participants:  21 inmates

Primary Contact Person (External):
Carson Cochran
Program Manager, GA Instructional Materials Center
Division for Special Education Services & Supports
GA Department of Education
1870 Twin Towers East – 205 Jesse Hill Jr Drive, SE, Atlanta GA 30334
Phone:  404-463-4462
Fax:  404-651-6457
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Internal Contact Person:
Angie Scott
Braille Program Manager
Central State Prison
4600 Fulton Mill Rd, Macon GA 31208
Phone:  478-471-2313
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription
Braille Embossing
Tactile Graphics

Survey completed: 4-14-16

GEORGIA–Wheeler Correctional Facility

PRISON:  Wheeler Correctional Facility
Location:  Alamo, GA
Jurisdiction:  private

PROGRAM:  Wheeler Braille Program
Status:  building
Year began:  2014
Operated by:  Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) in partnership with AMAC of Georgia Tech
Inmate gender:  male
Program capacity:  18 inmates
Current participants:  18 inmates

Primary Contact Person (External):
Randy Davis, Braille Specialist OR
Guy Toles, Braille Services Manager
AMAC Accessibility Solutions & Research Center of Georgia Tech
512 Means St. Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30318
Phone: 404.894.6769
Fax: 404.894.8323
Emails:  email hidden; JavaScript is required or email hidden; JavaScript is required

Internal Contact Person:
Angela Brooke Lloyd
Program Facilitator
Wheeler Correctional Facility – CCA
P.O. Box 466, Alamo GA 30411
Phone:  912-568-1731, ext. 25358
Fax:  912-568-1710
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription
Braille Proofreading

Additional information available:
Corrections Corporation of America website: www.cca.com

Survey completed: 4-14-16

IDAHO–Idaho State Correctional Center

PRISON:  Idaho State Correctional Center
Location:  Kuna, ID
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM:  ISCC Braille Transcription Center
Status:  producing
Year began:  2001
Operated by:  corrections education
Inmate gender:  male
Program capacity:  20 inmates
Current participants:  17 certified/4 students

Internal Contact Person:
Marshall Bautista
Instructor
Idaho State Correctional Center, IDOC
14601 Pleasant Valley Rd, Kuna, ID
P.O. Box 70010, Boise, ID 83707 (Shipping)
Phone:  208-331-2760, ext. 20891
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

External Contact Person:
Robin Swenson
Media Services, Programs f/t VI
Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind
1450 Main Street, Gooding, Idaho 83330
Phone:  208-934-4457
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription
Braille Proofreading
Braille Embossing
Tactile Graphics
Scanning
Large Type

Additional information available:

Prison website: https://www.idoc.idaho.gov/content/locations/prisons/iscc_icc

Articles: http://www.corrections.com/news/article/30145

http://www.fosters.com/article/20090613/GJLIFESTYLES/906109945

https://www.idoc.idaho.gov/content/story/kccc_inmates_recognized_for_braille_work

Survey completed: 4-14-16

INDIANA–Miami Correctional Facility

PRISON:  Miami Correctional Facility
Location:  Bunker Hill, IN
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM:  Miami Accessible Media Project (MAMP)
Status:  producing
Year began:  2008
Operated by:  corrections education & industries
Inmate gender:  male
Program capacity:  56 inmates
Current participants:  37 inmates

Internal Contact Person:
Robert Eutz
Director of MAMP
Miami Accessible Media Project
3063 W 800 S, Bunker Hill IN 46914
Phone:  765-689-8920, ext. 6282
Alt Phone:  317-832-3735
Fax:           765-698-8601
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

External Contact Person:
Leslie Durst
Director
Indiana Educational Resource Center
7725 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46240
Phone:  317-554-2740
Fax:  317-475-9181
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription
Braille Proofreading
Braille Embossing
Tactile Graphics
Scanning
Large Type
Digital File Preparation
Other:  .abt files conversion to .ueb files

Additional information available:
News Release: www.in.gov/idoc/files/Miami_Braille_Project.pdf

Survey completed: 4-18-16

Iowa–Anamosa State Penitentiary

PRISON

Location:  Anamosa, IA
Jurisdiction: state
Prison security level: medium-maximum
Number of inmates in prison: 1250
Inmate gender: male

PROGRAM

Anamosa Braille Center
Phone: 800-332-7922
Fax: 800-741-0390
Website:
Status: producing
Year program began: 1992
Operated by: Iowa Prison Industries
Program security level: medium-maximum
Number of inmates in program: 23
Number of inmates who participated since program began: 35

Customers: Iowa Department for the Blind; out-of-state agencies

Additional information available: yes, http://www.iaprisonind.com/store/pg/182-Braille-Transcription.aspx

INTERNAL CONTACT PERSON

Name: Lennie Miller
Title: State Industry Senior Tech
Organization: Iowa Prison Industry
Address: 406 N. High Street, Anamosa, IA 52205
Phone: 800-332-7922
Alt. phone: 800-432-9163
Fax: 800-741-0390
Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

EXTERNAL CONTACT PERSON

Name: Beth Hirst
Title: Assistant Director
Organization: Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Address: 524 4th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309-2364
Phone: 515-281-1280
Alt. phone: 800-362-2587
Fax: 515-281-1378
Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Kentucky–Federal Medical Center-Lexington

PRISON

Location:  Lexington, KY
Phone: 859-255-6812
Website: www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/lex/index.jsp
Jurisdiction: federal
Prison security level: administrative
Number of inmates in prison: 1925
Inmate gender: male and female

PROGRAM

FMC Braille Program
Phone: 859-255-6812, ext. 5230
Status: building
Year program began: 1995
Operated by: prison education
Program security level: minimum
Number of inmates in program: 20
Number of inmates who participated since program began: 73

Customers: Visually Impaired Preschool Services of Lexington

Additional information available: yes, being developed

INTERNAL CONTACT PERSON

Name: Catherine M. Leslie
Title: Braille Program Coordinator
Organization: Federal Medical Center-Lexington
Address: 3301 Leestown Rd., Lexington, KY 40511-8799
Phone: 859-255-6812, ext. 5230
Alt. Phone:
Fax: 859-253-8854
Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

INTERNAL CONTACT PERSON

Name: Rodney Karr
Title: Associate Warden
Organization: Federal Medical Center-Lexington
Address: 3301 Leestown Rd., Lexington, KY 40511
Phone: 859-255-6812, ext. 5400

KENTUCKY–Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women

PRISON:  Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women
Location:  Pewee Valley, KY
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM:  KCI Braille Services
Status:  producing
Year began:  2000
Operated by:  corrections industry
Inmate gender:  female
Program capacity:  31 inmates
Current participants:  16 inmates

Internal Contact Person:
Stephen Schoch
Operations Manager
Kentucky Correctional Industries
3000 Ash Avenue, Pewee Valley KY 40056
Phone:  502-241-8454, ext. 2318
Email:   email hidden; JavaScript is required

External Contact Person:
Jayma Hawkins
Supervisor, Braille Transcription Services
American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
Phone:  502-899-2302
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription
Braille Proofreading
Braille Embossing
Tactile Graphics
Scanning

Survey completed: 7-25-16

MICHIGAN–G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility

PRISON:  G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility
Location:  Jackson, MI
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM:  Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund (MBTF)
Status:  producing
Year began:  1962
Operated by:  nonprofit corporation
Inmate gender:  male
Program Capacity:  50 inmates
Current participants:  44 inmates

Internal Contact Person:
Cindy Olmstead
President & CEO
Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund
3500 N Elm Rd, Jackson MI 49201
Phone:  517-780-5096
Fax:  517-780-5448
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription
Braille Proofreading
Braille Embossing
Tactile Graphics
Scanning

Additional information available:
MBTF Program website: www.mi-braille.org

COMMENT
2016 CTEBVI Workshop Presenters (From Beyond the Walls):
MBTF was one of three prison programs that participated in workshop presentations at the California Transcribers and Educators for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CTEBVI). These workshops were a great success!

Survey completed: 4-20-16

MISSOURI—Jefferson City Correctional Facility

PRISON:  Jefferson City Correctional Facility
Location:  Jefferson City, MO
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM:  Center for Braille and Narration Production (CBNP)
Status:  producing
Year began:  1975
Operated by:  DSS-Rehabilitation Services for the Blind
Inmate gender:  male
Program capacity:  81 inmates
Current participants:  76 inmates

External Contact Person:
Janet R. Moore
DSS-Rehabilitation Services for the Blind Director
Center for Braille and Narration Production
615 Howerton Court, PO Box 2320, Jefferson City MO 65102-2320
Phone:  573-751-4719
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription
Braille Proofreading
Braille Embossing
Tactile Graphics
Scanning
Large Type
Digital File Preparation Add
Audio Recording

Survey completed 4-19-16

NEBRASKA–Nebraska State Penitentiary

PRISON:  Nebraska State Penitentiary
Location:  Lincoln, NE
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM:  Pros and Cons Braille Unit
Status:  producing
Year began:  1980
Operated by:  corrections industry
Inmate gender:  male
Program capacity:  36 inmates
Current participants:  36 inmates

Internal Contact Person:
Julie Erickson
Shop Operator
Cornhusker State Industries
800 Pioneers Blvd, Lincoln NE 68502
Phone:  402-471-3161 ext. 3373
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription
Braille Proofreading
Braille Embossing
Tactile Graphics
Scanning
Large Type

Survey completed: 4-19-16

NEVADA–Southern Desert Correctional Center

PRISON:  Southern Desert Correctional Center
Location:  Indian Springs, NV
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM:  Spring Mountain Braille’rs
Status:  producing
Year began:  1988
Operated by:  corrections education & Clark County School District-Adult Education
Inmate gender:  male
Program capacity:  16 inmates
Current participants:  16 inmates

Internal Contact Person:
Darlene Washington
Braille Supervisor
Southern Desert Correctional Center
1 Cold Creek Rd, PO Box 208
Indian Springs NV 89070
Phone:  702-879-5472 x539
Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

External Contact Person:
Brenda Barran
Braillist, Vision Services
Clark County School District
2831 Palomino Lane, Las Vegas NV 89107
Phone:  702-486-3888 ext. 260
Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription
Braille Embossing
Tactile Graphics
Scanning

Survey Completed: 4-29-16

NEW MEXICO—Lea County Correctional Facilities

PRISON:  Lea County Correctional Facilities
Location:  Hobbs, NM
Jurisdiction:  private

PROGRAM:  LCC Braille
Status:  building
Year began:  2015
Operated by:  corrections education
Inmate gender:  male
Program Capacity:  40 inmates
Current participants:  40 inmates

Internal Contact Person:
RC Smith
Warden
Lea County Correctional Facilities
The GEO Group, Inc
6900 W Millen Drive, Hobbs NM 88244
Phone:  575-734-9009
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

External Contact Person:
Cheryl Petree
Instruction Resource Center Coordinator
New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1900 White Sands Blvd, Alamogordo NM 87310
Phone:  575-439-4438
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription

Survey completed: 4-20-16

NORTH CAROLINA—Scotland Correctional Institution

PRISON:  Scotland Correctional Institution
Location:  Laurinburg, NC
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM:  NC Braille Transcription Services
Status:  producing
Year began:  2011
Operated by:  Correction Enterprises
Inmate gender:  male
Program capacity:  25 inmates
Current participants:  19 inmates

Internal Contact Person:
Cynthia Duncan Stubbs
Correctional Enterprise Manager III
NCDPS Correction Enterprise
2020 Yonkers Rd, 4240 MSC, Raleigh NC 27699
Phone:  910 844-4507
Email:   email hidden; JavaScript is required

External Contact Person:
William Tubilleja
VI Education Consultant
NC Department of Public Instruction
6356 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27601-2825
Phone:  919-807-3988
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription
Braille Proofreading
Braille Embossing
Tactile Graphics
Scanning
Large Type
Digital File Preparation
Other

Additional information available:
Program website: www.correctionenterprises.com
Brochure: Correction Enterprises Braille Transcription Services
Articles: www.equaleyesvisionservices.com and
YouTube: Inmates Learn Braille at Scotland Correctional

Survey completed: 4-20-16

OHIO–Grafton Correctional Institution

PRISON:  Grafton Correctional Institution
Location:  Grafton, OH
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM:  Grafton Braille Service Center
Status:  producing
Year began:  1991
Operated by:  corrections industries
Inmate gender:  male
Program capacity:  45 inmates
Current participants:  23 workers/22 volunteer students

INTERNAL CONTACT PERSON:
Donald Morrow
Braille Coordinator
OPI-Grafton Correctional Institution
2500 S Avon-Belden Rd, Grafton OH 44044
Phone:  440-748-5000, ext. 2023
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

EXTERNAL CONTACT PERSON:
Paula Mauro
Project Coordinator
Assistive Technology & Accessible Ed Materials Center
470 Glenmont Ave, Columbus OH 43214
Phone:  614-410-0955
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription
Braille Proofreading
Braille Embossing
Tactile Graphics
Scanning

Survey completed: 4-20-16

OHIO—Northeast Reintegration Center

PRISON:  Northeast Reintegration Center
Location:  Cleveland, OH
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM:  Northeast Reintegration Braille
Status:  producing
Year began:  2013
Operated by:  corrections industry
Inmate gender:  female
Program Capacity:  8 inmates
Current Participants:  8 inmates

Primary Contact Person (External):
Donald Morrow
Braille Coordinator
OPI-Grafton Braille Service Center
2500 South Avon Belden Road, Grafton Ohio 44044
Phone:  440-748-5000, ext. 2023
Alt Phone: 440-748-3102
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Internal Contact Person:
Dionne Eslick
Chief of Unit Management
Northeast Reintegration Center
2675 East 30th Street, Cleveland OH 44115
Phone:  216-771-6460, ext. 2301
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription

Survey completed: 4-20-16

Oklahoma–NEW PROGRAM

PRISON

Old Program Location: Sayre, OK 73662
Status: building

Customers: state of Oklahoma

Additional information available:

INTERNAL CONTACT PERSON

Name: Allison Marshall
Title: Braille Supervisor, Education Coordinator
Organization: Corrections Corporation of America, North Fork Correctional Facility
Address: 1605 E. Main Street, Sayre, OK 73662
Phone: 580-928-8200, ext. 21543
Alt. Phone:
Fax: 580-928-9282
Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

EXTERNAL CONTACT PERSON

Name: Vicky Golightly
Title: Public Information Officer
Organization: Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Address: 300 NE 18th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: 405-522-0526
Alt. Phone: 405-521-3514
Fax: 405-521-4582
Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Pennsylvania–SCI Cambridge Springs

PRISON

Location: Cambridge Springs, PA 16403-1238
Website: http://www.cor.pa.gov/facilities/stateprisons/pages/cambridge-springs.aspx
Jurisdiction: state
Prison security level: medium
Number of inmates in prison: 1100
Inmate gender: female

PROGRAM

BrailleMates
Phone: 814-398-5400, ext. 5479
Fax: 814-398-5433
Website:
Status: producing
Year program began: 1994
Operated by: Corrections education partnership with Meadville Lions Club
Program security level: minimum
Number of inmates in program: 12
Number of inmates who participated since program began: 27

Customers: PA school districts/intermediate units; Blind Bowlers Organization; PA Council for the Blind; individuals; Keystone Blind Association; Commonwealth of PA; Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority

Additional Information Available: yes, pamphlet

INTERNAL CONTACT PERSON

Name: Joanne Waller
Title: BrailleMates Coordinator
Organization: SCI Cambridge Springs
Address: 451 Fullerton Ave, Cambridge Springs, PA 16403
Phone: 814-398-5400, ext. 5479
Alt. Phone: 814-833-3392
Fax: 814-398-5433
Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

INTERNAL CONTACT PERSON

Name: Amy Boylan
Title: Superintendent’s Assistant
Organization: State Correctional Institution
Address: 451 Fullerton Avenue, Cambridge Springs, PA 16403
Phone: 814-398-5405
Alt. Phone:
Fax: 814-398-5433
Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

SOUTH CAROLINA–Leath Correctional Institution for Women

PRISON:  Leath Correctional Institution for Women
Location:  Greenwood, SC
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM:  South Carolina Braille Production Center
Status:  producing
Year began:  2002
Operated by:  South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind (nonprofit program)
Inmate gender:  female
Program capacity:  16 inmates
Current participants:  16 inmates

Internal Contact Person:
Shawn Anderson
Manager, Braille Production Center
South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind
101 Executive Center Dr, Suite 120, Columbia SC 29210
Phone:  864-229-5709, ext. 1309
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

External Contact Person:
Jill Ischinger
SC IRC Program Manager
South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind
101 Executive Center Dr, Suite 120, Columbia SC 29210
Phone:  864-577-7731
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription
Braille Proofreading
Braille Embossing
Tactile Graphics
Scanning

Survey completed: 4-20-16

South Dakota–South Dakota State Penitentiary

PRISON

Location: Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5911
Website: doc.sd.gov/adult/facilities/sdsp.aspx
Jurisdiction: state
Prison security level: maximum
Number of inmates in prison: 1300
Inmate gender: male

PROGRAM

Pheasantland Braille and Graphics
Phone: 605-367-5082
Fax: 605-367-5137
Website: doc.sd.gov/adult/industry/shop/braille.aspx
Status: producing
Year program began: 1983
Operated by: prison industry
Program security level: maximum
Number of inmates in program: 35
Number of inmates who participated since program began: no records

Customers: state agencies, school districts, resource libraries, individuals

Special services: braillewriter repair
Additional information available: yes, pamphlet

INTERNAL CONTACT PERSON

Name: Pat Gacke
Title: Foreman, Upholstery/Braille and Graphics
Organization: Pheasantland Braille and Graphics
Address: 1600 North Drive, Sioux Falls, SD 57117
Phone: 605-367-5082
Alt. Phone:
Fax: 605-367-5137
Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

EXTERNAL CONTACT PERSON

Name: Connie Sullivan
Title: Program Assistant
Organization: South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library
Address: 800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605-773-5081
Alt. Phone: 605-367-5260
Fax: 605-773-6962
Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

TEXAS–TDCJ Mountain View Unit

PRISON:  Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ)-Mountain View Unit
Location:  Gatesville, TX
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM:  Mountain View Braille Facility
Status:  producing
Year began:  1999
Operated by:  corrections industry
Inmate gender:  female
Program Capacity:  100 inmates
Current Participants:  70 inmates

Internal Contact Person:
Delores Billman, Program Specialist III OR
Tammy Nixon, Assistant Plant Manager
TDCJ-Mountain View Unit
2305 Ransom Rd, Gatesville TX 76528
Phone:  254-248-3253
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

External Contact Person:
Kirstie Legerski
Assistant Director of Programs
TDCJ Manufacturing & Logistics
P.O. 4013, Huntsville, Texas 77340
Phone:  936-437-6956
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription
Braille Proofreading
Braille Embossing
Tactile Graphics
Scanning

Survey completed: 4-26-16

 

VIRGINIA–Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women

PRISON:  Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women
Location:  Troy, VA
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM:  Virginia Correctional Enterprises Braille
Status:  producing
Year began:  2008
Operated by:  Corrections industry & Va. Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired
Inmate gender:  female
Program Capacity:  25 inmates
Current participants:  16 inmates

Internal Contact Person:
Brenda Wash
Braille Shop Manager
Virginia Correctional Enterprises
PO Box 1000, Troy VA 23974
Phone:  434-422-3917
Email:   email hidden; JavaScript is required

External Contact Person:
Barbara McCarthy
Director, Virginia Library and Resource Center
Virginia Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired
395 Azalea Ave, Richmond VA 23227
Phone:  804-887-7327
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription

Survey completed: 4-20-16

WASHINGTON–Washington Corrections Center for Women

PRISON:  Washington Corrections Center for Women
Location:  Gig Harbor, WA
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM:  Washington Corrections Center for Women Braille Team
Status:  producing
Year began:  1997
Operated by:  Washington State School for the Blind
Inmate gender:  female
Program capacity:  16 inmates
Current participants:  14 inmates & 2 apprentices

Internal Contact Person:
James Estep
Braille Supervisor
Correctional Industries at WCCW
9601 Bujacich Rd NW, MS-WP04, Gig Harbor, WA 98332
Phone:  253-858-4638
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

External Contact Person:
Jennifer Fenton
Director, Ogden Resource Center
Washington State School for the Blind
2310 E 13th St, Vancouver WA 98661
Phone:  360-947-3340
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription
Braille Embossing
Tactile Graphics
Scanning

Additional information available:
Prison website:
http://www.washingtonci.com/products-services/braille-services.html

Brochure:
http://www.washingtonci.com/skin/frontend/WACI/primary/docs/content/products-services/braille-services/braille-services-brochure.pdf

Articles:
http://www.doc.wa.gov/news/2016/03222016.htm

Survey completed: 4-20-16

WISCONSIN—Oshkosh Correctional Institution

PRISON:  Oshkosh Correctional Institution
Location:  Oshkosh, WI
Jurisdiction:  state

PROGRAM:  OSCI Braille
Status:  producing
Year began:  1997
Operated by:  prison education
Inmate gender:  male
Program Capacity:  30 inmates
Current participants:  20 inmates

Internal Contact Person:
Kurt Pamperin
OSCI Braille Coordinator
Oshkosh Correctional Institution
1730 West Snell Rd, PO Box 3530, Oshkosh WI 54903-3530
Phone:  920-231-4010 ext. 2208
Fax: 920-236-2626
Email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Products/Services Offered:
Braille Transcription
Braille Proofreading
Braille Embossing
Tactile Graphics
Scanning

Survey completed: 4-20-16

 

Every effort was made in producing this directory to gather the most current information available about each prison braille program listed. Readers are encouraged to contact individual program staff for updates.

This directory is available in accessible media, as are all other APH publications. An electronic version of this directory can be found at: archive.aph.org/aphnew/directory.html. Directory data will be updated on this site as new information is gathered.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the production of this resource by reporting the details about their prison braille program.

Information for this directory was compiled by
Rebecca Snider
APH Public Affairs Coordinator

This directory was published by the
American Printing House for the blind (APH)
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
Phone (502) 895-2405
Toll Free (800) 223-1839
Website: archive.aph.org


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